“I don’t think this entire nation has figured out how to treat black children”: The Zero Tolerance Generation, Pt VI

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Previously: Part Five

I talked with a number of teachers for this series. Most refused to go on the record for fear of potential consequences. Many didn’t like zero-tolerance policies, but also talked about the steady gutting of resources and the bizarre vicissitudes the frenzy for test scores has created in the educational process.

One, who works in an elementary school in a North Carolina city, agreed to be quoted on the condition that I use an alias.

Cybil Tanner was in high school in when Columbine happened, a “goody two-shoes” who managed to mostly escape the zero-tolerance crackdowns that followed (her sister wasn’t so lucky, she noted, and got a three-day suspension for a dubious charge). Just in her years in the classroom, she’s seen services cut and cut again, harming teachers’ ability to know their students or to deal with the particularly troubled ones before their issues get worse.

“I’ve been a teacher for eight years, and bit by bit I’ve seen the resources decrease,” she says. “Both from state and local levels, it’s gone down.”

“When you know your students you understand the situation and don’t blow it out of proportion,” Tanner says. “You know if they just had a pocketknife from a camping trip or if they have a history of violence.”

Her school’s policies call for automatic suspension for a weapon, for example, for a time at the discretion of the principal. Fortunately, she says, her principal has generally been reasonable—he’ll call a parent when a minor pocketknife-type incident comes up.

“But that’s because he knew the students, if the principal hadn’t, there weren’t connections with the community, things could have gone differently…”

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Introducing…The CMO Nation!

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CMO Nation- Executive Insights For Marketers

Author: Sanjay Dholakia

Hey there, Marketing Nation. Today is a big day for Marketo—we are launching the CMO Nation, a new site that offers an executive perspective on the ever-changing role of the marketer. As always, you can continue to visit this blog here (blog.marketo.com) for all of the very best in creative insights and best practices about the art and science of digital marketing, marketing automation, content marketing, sales, and more. CMO Nation, on the other hand, will be a new hub for learning more about the state of the industry, the marketer of the future, and what is top of mind for today’s executives.

We already have several exciting things in the works that you can look forward to on CMO Nation. Starting next week, we’ll be kicking off our second round of the “Ask the CMO” Q&A series that we’ve collaborated on with Mashable. Notable executives from some of the world’s biggest and most innovative companies will not only talk about the marketing trends they’re seeing in their respective industries but also their “Lessons Learned,” i.e. how their early careers and even hobbies shaped how they approach their jobs today. Marketo will even humbly get involved here, and participate. Whether you’re already at the top of your marketing team or aspiring to your next position, these interviews will be a must-read.

Coming next month, we’ll also be debuting a new whitepaper from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services sponsored by Marketo on the marketing organization of the future. This topic is a major focus of the CMO Nation blog and a hot topic among the marketing executives I speak to on a regular basis. How do you keep your teams aligned with all of the latest shifts, from new channels to greater demand for ROI? What are the skills, structure, and internal synergies that will drive success? And, for that matter, what does success even look like? This research will offer some major food for thought for anyone assessing the efficacy of their team structure and role within their company—for today and tomorrow.

But wait—there’s more!

In addition to content from our fantastic collaborations, there will be weekly articles from Marketo executives as well as other executive members of the Marketing Nation.

My hope is that you’ll check out the inaugural posts—including a few by yours truly—and be enticed enough to sign up to have CMO Nation content delivered to your inbox weekly. Thanks for being a member of the Marketing Nation!


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